November 24, 2017
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Spring is here and summer is around the corner, so that means picnics, barbecues, concerts under the stars, and backyard parties. Jazz music is known to give a good ambiance for a multitude of gatherings. There are many Jazz artist across the world, with a wide range of soothing sounds and The Good News Notebook (GNN) choose one for this spring.

Brian Culberston was selected by The Good News Notebook as one of the Jazz artist that can send you on a mental vacation and have you begging for more. So who is this musician that makes you feel like you are in heaven and heals you of all ill thoughts?
gnn jazz 2Brian Culbertson born on January 12, 1973, he is an American contemporary jazz/R&B/funk musician, instrumentalist, producer and performer from Decatur, Illinois. Culbertson instruments include the synthesizer, piano, trombone, drums, bass, trumpet, euphonium, and percussion.  He is heavily influenced by funk, and also works with many other musicians in the R&B and jazz arena, often as a composer and arranger. Culbertson is credited with working with Maurice White, Bootsy Collins, Ledisi, Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, Avant, Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore, Vivian Green, Stokley Williams from Mint Condition, Rahsaan Patterson, Noel Gourdin, Brian McKnight, Ray Parker Jr., Boney James, Chris Botti, Earl Klugh, Dave Koz, Peter White, Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber, Michael Lington and legendary A&M Records composer and producer Herb Alpert.

In 2013, he announced on his blog that he was working on his fourteenth album, the album Another Long Night Out will be out on February 25, 2014. He states he will revisit his earlier roots in contemporary jazz.
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Culbertson has received several  awards including a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Jazz Album; 2012 Soul Train Award nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist; Winning Six (6) 2011 Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards for Best Entertainer, Best Album “XII”, Best Song “That’s Life”, Best Keyboardist, Best Male Artist and Best Collaboration “w/Earl Klugh”; 2010 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best International Artist; 2010 American Smooth Jazz Award for Best Keyboardist; 2005 ASYM All That Jazz Award; 2001 National Smooth Jazz Award for Best Keyboardist


Mind “Therapy”
1. Listening to Jazz can have an impact on the type of brain waves you produce, it can range from stimulating to relaxing. Brain waves inspire new insights and solutions to unresolved problems. The most highly creative brain  wave called theta by listening to distinctive syncopation jazz.

2. Listening to jazz after a stroke can improve verbal memory, focus and mood.


Body “Therapy”
1. Studies show that listening to jazz can reduce chronic pain.
2. Jazz music can lower blood pressure by causing blood vessels to expand by up to 30%.
3. Listening to jazz for 30 minutes boosts immunity.


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Connie Alsobrook

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